Start down the path to Total Wellness by visiting North Memorial at the Fair

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(SAINT PAUL, Minn) --- North Memorial will be conducting a Total Wellness campaign at the Minnesota State Fair.

Stop by their booth in the Health Fair 11 Building at the corner of Cooper Street and Dan Patch Avenue for a diabetes screening and weight check.

Nurses will be onsite providing the diabetes screening, which involves a finger prick and costs $1. Step on the highly calibrated scale to get an accurate weight reading.  Each fairgoers weight will be combined into a running total.  North expects to weigh more than one-million pounds of people at the Fair!

A Great Chance to Check Your BMI

BMI, or body mass index, is a simple approximation of body fat based on height and weight that is used to screen for weight categories that may lead to health problems. Visitors to the Health Fair11 building at the Minnesota State Fair will have the opportunity to determine their BMI.

Although BMI is used as an indicator of potential weight problems for adults, it is not a diagnostic tool. While a person may have a high BMI, a healthcare provider would need to perform further assessments to determine if excess weight is a health risk. Such assessments might include skin fold thickness measurements, evaluations of diet, physical activity, family history, and other appropriate health screenings.

"A BMI is a standardized method of assessing obesity," says Mary McLaurin, MD, cardiologist at North Memorial. "People who are obese (BMI greater than 30) at age 40 live 6-7 years less than those who are not obese (BMI less than 25). The decrease in life expectancy is related to death from heart disease, stroke, diabetes, kidney disease, cancers, and respiratory diseases. Therefore, it's a good idea to know what your BMI is and take steps to get it into the healthy range."

For adults 20 years old and older, BMI is interpreted using standard weight status categories that are the same for all ages and for both men and women. However, for children and teens, the interpretation of BMI is both age- and sex-specific. You can also calculate your BMI with North Memorial's BMI calculator.

In addition to helping you determine your BMI, North Memorial will be providing free diabetes screenings at the Fair.

"These screenings can alert people to potential health risks and encourage them to make healthy lifestyle changes," says Dr. McLaurin.

The North Memorial booth will be open each day of the fair from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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